Pot, domestic worker bills win approval


Two bills that we've been following, one to regulate medical marijuana and the other to give domestic workers some basic rights, won approval from a key state Assembly committee and are headed for the Assembly floor.

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's AB 473, which would create a division under the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to write statewide regs for dispensaries, cleared the Appropriations Committee (where many good bills go to die) May 24. It's a big step: For years, most of official Sacramento was afraid even to talk about the devil weed, much less take action on something that might look like a sign of approval. Now that the biggest problem with medical marijuana is zoning (and federal crackdowns) -- and frankly, California is only a couple of years away from following Colorado and legalizing pot anyway -- it makes sense to have a framework in place to ensure quality control, register dispensaries ... and maybe convince the feds to back down.

The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, AB 241, would require people to treat household workers with the same respect and the same types of benefits as most other workers. It would mandate work breaks, sleep breaks, overtime ... pretty basic stuff. But the guv, for reasons known only to him, vetoed it last time around. Perhaps he'll come to his senses.

The bills will probably make it to the Assembly floor next week.



Posted by Guest on May. 24, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

It only makes sense to have the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) write statewide regs for pot dispensaries if 1) you are a resident who thinks it enforces hard standards for statewide alcohol licensing or 2) you are Tom Ammiano, bamboozling voters.

Restrictions to new alcohol businesses near your home are limited only to “conditions” placed on a license that might protect your home—if enforcement ever kicked in. The reality is that, once “conditions” are set, the ABC walks away.

Former Governor Schwarzenegger reorganized the ABC, from a law enforcement agency to a licensing facilitator. It’s job, now, is to issue as many alcohol licenses as possible.

As with alcohol licenses in S.F., residents will have nothing whatever to say about new pot clubs operating like bars in their neighborhoods.

Ammiano used to do comedy as a male Joan Rivers. He was more authentic then, as part of our greater S.F. community.

Posted by Tom Ferriole on May. 24, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

You may have the money to send the kid that cuts your grass on a vacation and pay for his medical insurance, but most of us don't and, frankly, you're retarded for thinking it makes sense to do so. SMH

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2013 @ 7:22 am